I have shared some recipes from the three gentlemen who make up the ghost hunting group in my horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I. These are the main characters in my novel, but there are other very important people also, and they will also share recipes with you. Today, I wanted to offer a baking recipe from Helen Murray.
Helen Murray, one of the main secondary characters, is a high school history teacher and the guardian of her niece Helena who was named for her. Helen became the child’s guardian when her sister and brother-in-law were killed by a drunk driver. The child was an infant when this tragedy occurred, so she has grown to the age of 5 thinking of Helen as her mother. One of the tasks involved with caring for the little girl that Helen embraced was baking. Previously, she had done very little of it, but after gaining the responsibility for taking care of this little girl, whom she loved, she found a passion for baking.
One of her simple recipes is also one of Helena’s favorite treats: Helen’s peanut butter cookies.
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy)
1/2 cup butter–softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (or 1 vanilla bean if adventurous)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1&1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Put peanut butter and butter into mixing bowl. Use medium speed, and beat until the mixture is smooth (about 1-2 minutes). Add sugar, egg and vanilla. Use medium speed, and beat about another minute. Scrape bowl and combine together.
Add all the other ingredients for about 1 more minute of beating. Roll the dough into one inch balls. Press flat with a fork into a criss-cross pattern.
Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown. In Helen’s oven, that takes about 10 minutes. It could vary by a few minutes. Remove from baking sheets and let cool. This recipe will make about 33-37 cookies.
As an extra treat, Helen sometimes will dip half the cookie in melted chocolate and add rainbow sprinkles and let them cool.
Helena always loves these!
More recipes from characters to come in the future.